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Posts for July 17th 2012
What do Thomas Keller, Tom Colicchio, and Rick Bayless all share in common, aside from all being culinary legends? They all rose to fame thanks to the accolade of Best New Chef, an award bestowed upon a smattering of chefs each year by Food & Wine magazine. The 2012 winners, who received a showcase at this year's Classic in Aspen, talked to us about what it means to have the honor, and why it's so important. Hear what they have to say, plus find out how the award's changed the lives of chef personalities from Michael Symon to John Besh.
When we first tasted the 2010 Simi Pinot Noir, we were pleasantly surprised; this Sonoma County beauty was bottled after a warmer-than-usual growing season, which helps to explain the full-bodied ripeness of the wine and its jammy-peppery characteristics. Additionally, we'd wager that the oak aging process worked in concert with the spike in heat to amp up the complex spiciness of this bottling.
Pinot Noir is a notoriously fickle grape to grow and requires delicate handling, so we'd recommend snapping up a bottle or two, as this is a good value and a rather unique find at its price point ($25). We'll be sipping on a garnet-hued glass with roasted leg of lamb or a full-flavored fish such as salmon or tuna. Who gets your vote for top California Pinot?
Photos: Anna Monette Roberts
British food customs can seem, well, a bit wonky to the uninitiated. Just as "afternoon tea" refers to a ritualistic midday meal rather than the consumption of the actual beverage, an English full breakfast, as it's known, has its own set of guidelines. More hearty than dainty, full breakfast is comfort food at its finest and is generally reserved for weekends — perhaps after a night of indulgence — much like the American custom of brunch.
While the exact offerings may vary from establishment to establishment, we've broken the usual suspects down:
- Eggs: Generally fried or poached; either way, we'd argue that a runny yolk is imperative.
- Back bacon: Thick and fried til crisp-tender, it's often referred to simply as "bacon" but is in fact a different cut from what is customary stateside. Back bacon is leaner (similar to Canadian bacon), as it's cut from the back of a pig, rather than the fattier pork belly.
Keep reading for sausage, toast, and all that jazz.
- Do tweezers have a place in the kitchen? — Zagat
- Rice Krispie treats just got way better — Kitchen Daily
- Check out 7-Eleven's wacky mashed potato vending machine — Delish
- The only way you should ever wash dishes — Food52
- Padma Lakshmi, shusher — Eater
- Make the ultimate Summer sandwich — Yahoo! Shine
- Tony Bourdain's wife eats omelets in the bathroom and peanut butter in bed — Grub Street NY
Source: Michelle Walker Photography
Forget French pressing or the pour-over method: there's a different type of coffee brewing that's sparking the attention of java lovers. It's called cold-brewing, and it's a lengthy (but easy) process.
Cold-brewing involves saturating ground coffee beans in cold, filtered water, covering the container and letting it sit out at room temperature for 12 hours, then straining out the coffee grounds. The efforts are by no means immediate, but the end result might win you over: cold brews are lighter and thinner, and their flavors won't be weakened by ice. In contrast to brewing a hot cup of coffee, which draws out the acidity and bitterness of beans, a cold brew slowly extracts the bean's flavorful oils.
Food Network chef Jeff Mauro has been whipping up a lot of blended iced coffee drinks lately, and a cold brew is his preferred method. He adds, "I just think, as far as for the iced coffee application, there is no better way, because you are not brewing it over ice and diluting it. It takes time to do it, but the payoff is great."
Twelve hours may seem like a lifetime, but this method really just involves remembering to combine the two ingredients while prepping dinner so you can wake up to refreshing, invigorating cold-brewed coffee in the morning. The brew is concentrated, so dilute it with filtered water to your liking, and then serve over ice. Stay tuned for Jeff's recipe for cold-brewed coffee, which he uses for his signature Peanut Butter and Jelly Blended Coffee.
Have you tried our recipe for ginger simple syrup yet? If so, then you'll notice that you're left with a pile of zesty ginger, softened from simmering away and lightly sweetened from the process. Rather than throw away these zingy "scraps," you should make candied ginger out of it; it's only two simple steps away (really).
- Preheat your oven to 200°F. Spread the reserved ginger slices out on a silpat or parchment paper-lined cookie sheet.
- Pop them in the oven, and cook for two hours, or until dry and chewy.
We love to eat the sugared slices as is but have also been known to stud scones and ginger cookies with finely chopped chunks. It also makes a great cocktail garnish.
Typically soup isn't really what you crave during the sweltering summertime, but we've proven how seasonal soups will change your mind. Thanks to dmash, the fresh tastes of the season can also be found in her version of lentil soup. Give this recipe a whirl and you may just be pleasantly surprised.
Hot soup and Summer often seem like they don't go together. That's why I jazzed up this lentil soup to be as refreshing as possible! The cilantro and lemon zest really make you feel like grabbing a Corona, Pacifico, or any other beer that makes you feel like you're at the beach.
For more, check out her recipe, then be sure to share your favorite Summer treats with us in the Savory Sights community group. If you're on Instagram, then don't forget to tag your food photos #savorysight.